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  • 31 May 2016

    In a shocking attack on the right to freedom of expression Bahrain’s authorities yesterday upheld the conviction of opposition leader Sheikh  Ali Salman and increased his prison sentence from four to nine years for giving speeches in which he criticised the government, says Amnesty International.

  • 31 May 2016

    Ten of the biggest names in British art are the latest voices to join the growing chorus condemning government plans to repeal the Human Rights Act.

  • 30 May 2016

    When our hereditary head of state opened parliament 12 days ago, she arrived in a gilded horse-drawn coach built in 1852 and was escorted by soldiers dre

  • 30 May 2016

    Polling for the Electoral Reform Society released on 25 May 2016 shows that the number of people who feel well informed about the EU referendum has gone down – even after the Government sent out a leaflet to 27 million homes making the case for staying in the EU.

  • 30 May 2016

    A major United Nations meeting focusing on the world's least developed countries closed yesterday  in Antalya, Turkey, with a call for greater support to the world's most vulnerable nations, and the adoption of an outcome document paving the way for further concrete action and progress in the years to come.

  • 28 May 2016

    The Children’s Commissioner has reported that many children who need mental health support are not receiving th

  • 27 May 2016

    The Howard League for Penal Reform has responded to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation’s fifth and final report on the early implementation of the Transforming Rehabilitation programme, published yesterday

  • 27 May 2016

    Christian Aid has welcomed the commitment by major aid donors and NGOs to ensure 25 per cent of humanitarian funding goes directly to local organisations on the front line of disaster relief.

  • 27 May 2016

    The Obama Administration has reversed its position on which countries will be included in its upcoming estimate of the civilian deaths caused by the US drone programme, according to a  report in the Washington Post.

  • 26 May 2016

    The Ministry of Defence has released figures showing that 1,790 minors were enlisted into the army in the financial year to March 2016, accounting for 22 per cent  of the army’s total enlisted intake for the same period (8,020 recruits).

  • 26 May 2016

    Brexit risks “turning the clock black decades” on women’s rights, according to a new report published by the TUC.

  • 26 May 2016

    Acknowledging the sustained progress made on rebuilding Liberia after the 1999-2003 civil war, the United Nations Security Council has terminated an arms embargo against the country and dissolved the related mechanisms, namely the sanctions Committee and the expert panel.

  • 26 May 2016

    Prisons need to change to enable staff to build relationships with prisoners and reduce the risk of suicide, according to research published jointly  by the Howard League for Penal Reform and Centre for Mental Health.

  • 25 May 2016

    A District Judge has refused to allow the Crown Prosecution Service to appeal against the acquittal of eight anti-arms trade activists who were charged with blockading the DSEI arms fair in London last September. The CPS application to appeal was refused on the basis it was "frivolous" and "misconceived".

  • 25 May 2016

    From 24 May to 21 June, the Christian Council of Norway  is promoting a pilgrimage from the Norwegian capital Oslo to Trondheim, an important Christian pilgrimage site and the location of the World Council of Churches Central Committee meeting from 22-28 June.